Age specific questions from about 3 months to about 1 year of age. Younger: newborn. Older: toddler.

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Is it really that bad to get water in an infant's ear?

My baby girl loves taking baths but, of course, we get conflicting information about how often and how careful we should be of water in her ears. The pediatrician said every other day and didn't say ...
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How much noise does it take to negatively impact an infant's hearing?

In our apartment complex we have fire alarms that are outrageously loud. Last night, we woke at 4:30 am to the alarm going off all through the building. We got out as quickly as possible, but I'm ...
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What should we pack when going camping with an infant?

My family and I are going camping in a couple of weeks and were wondering if anyone had any tips or just precautions we should take. I have been camping only a couple of times in my life; however, my ...
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Restricting infant on almost every move

Most of the times I restrict my 10 month old on doing things which I feel would have a negative impact on him. For example, I say NO in a louder tone when he makes a desperate attempt to put his hand ...
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Are ExerSaucers/walkers/jumpers bad for children or is that simply a misconception?

I have heard my whole life that the above mentioned types of toys delay walking and/or independent sitting (depending on the age they're used). I've even heard that they can hurt the infant's legs. ...
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What's the cleanest way to change a diaper on an airline flight?

I've gotten the technique of changing a diaper in a public restroom down fairly well if there's a counter or changing station. But recently we took a flight and I discovered I have no idea how to ...
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How can I encourage my 13 month old to stand?

My 13 month daughter has no interest in standing or even putting weight on her feet. We're concerned if she doesn't start trying to stand she won't start walking. Is there anything I can do to ...
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Do baby massages improve motor skills and emotional development?

I find a lot of parents take their baby to get baby massages. I have heard that babies who receive periodic baby massages (such as once a week) are showing rapid development in their motor skills and ...
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Controlled crying isn't working at night. What are my options?

We used controlled crying to help our daughter get to sleep easier at 6 months. This was hard work at the time but now, at 10 months, we can reliably put her down at the end of her bed time routine ...
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Is Video Chatting Bad for Newborns?

I've read that the AAP says that TV is bad for children under 2, but is video chatting (e.g., Skype or Google Hangouts)? My wife & I both have family that is out of state. The grandparents ...
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How do you determine what the age-appropriate foods for a baby are?

Our baby is 14 months now and he has eaten almost any kind of food. But during the first months, it was so confusing the fact that each doctor and/or "expert", suggested their own schedule about when ...
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Socialization strategies for a new stay-at-home Mom

My wife is going to be leaving her job shortly to stay at home with our two children (2.5 and 10 months), which of course is a really big step. She's a Ph.d. in immunology, and is a very gifted ...
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Baby awake in the morning but quiet?

Our baby is nearly 6 months old, and generally when awake during the day (from 8-9 AM) he needs attention and care (at least periodically, otherwise he is pretty good at inventing occupation for ...
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Do dummies (“pacifiers”) hinder speech development?

I have always frowned on the use of dummies, because my mother (who ran a nursery for 25 years) was adamant that they can hinder a child's speech development. Our new baby is very unsettled and very ...
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How can we explain our “cry it out” strategy to people who oppose it?

My wife and I have had success with a form of the "cry it out" strategy with our three children. I know it's not for everyone, but our household has gotten into some healthy sleep patterns without ...
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How can I keep my infant from sleeping while bottle feeding?

We've been trying to get our infant on a schedule, but he tends to fall asleep before he's done eating, which makes it challenging, because he doesn't finish, and wakes up hungry too early. It also ...
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Why do infants flail their arms?

I've noticed that with most infants (say, around 6 months old, give or take), when presented with an object, there are 3 main things that they'll do with it: look at it put it in their mouth hold it ...
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What stroller features are essential for regular use on the subway?

With subways being crowded spaces, with gaps to get over, escalators and steps etc., what types of stroller, and what functionality in a stroller should I be looking at for my newborn/infant?
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How can I get my 7 m/o to stop rubbing her eyes?

We have observed our 7 month old rubbing her eyes ever since we can remember. She does this especially when she's tired, but also when she's bored or starting to get frustrated. She'll oftentimes rub ...
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What methods are effective for teaching vocabulary to young children?

What method is effective for teaching very young children vocabulary? I mean that you have a way of continuously teaching them more; you don't just run out. And you can tell it works, because when ...
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What are some ways to encourage a gifted toddler's development?

My girlfriend claims that our infant (about 9 month old boy) is gifted because he is doing certain things relatively early, such as the way he "speaks", moves around, eats, observes etc. That may very ...
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What are the most important features to look for in a baby monitor?

I want to buy a baby monitor but I am overwhelmed by all the different options. based on your experience, what are the most important features to look for in a baby monitor? Please explain the reasons ...
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Should we put our baby in a helmet to mold her head?

We took our healthy daughter for her 4-month checkup and half-jokingly asked the doctor whether we should be concerned about the fact her head is a bit mis-shapen. It is fairly round in the back left ...
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Pros and cons of putting an infant in a Daycare

My kid (not born yet) has both parents working. I have the choice of calling up my father in law to stay at our house to watch the infant of 5 months and I also have the choice of sending the kid in ...
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What are signs my daughter is teething?

My daughter is three months old, and I'm starting to wonder if she's teething. What would be signs that she's started to cut teeth, and is the age in the normal range for that development?
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Is a Do-It-Yourself baby monitor a bad idea?

I am looking at video baby monitors and they are not cheap! As a technologist I am having a hard time accepting that a couple of a webcams and an LCD screen cost 200+ dollars. I can get a pretty ...
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Loud Screaming to attract attention

Our 6 month baby screams at top of her throat to get attention , as soon as we resume playing with her she smiles and plays and she wants to play all day along which is not possible , so how to deal ...
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Does a breast feeding mother's diet affect the breast milk produced?

Example: If during breast feeding, I keep on eating lots of Ghee, Coffee, etc., it may or may not harm me. BUT, - Will those substances have an effect on the milk produced? - Will the baby be ...
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Is it okay for my newborn to sleep in a travel bed instead of his crib?

My "Pack n Play" is easy to move around the house and it contains things I need such as changing pad or diapers. Is there any disadvantage for letting my newborn sleep in this for a long period of ...
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When should I stop swaddling my baby?

I swaddled my baby in a swaddling blanket for a short time after he was born, and then moved on to a Halo combination sleep sack and swaddle blanket. He is now nearly 3 months old, and I'm still using ...
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Should I declare my baby when booking a hotel?

Recently, when booking a trip, I discovered that if I included my infant when making a reservation the price was often as much as $100 more per night. When I confronted the hotel about this (we were ...
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How do we prepare for a long car journey with a 2 month old?

Is there anything specific to think about when planning a long car journey (12 hours with an overnight stop) with a 2-month old? I guess one of the issues is whether one of the adults stays in the ...
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How long can a 3-month-old go without eating?

My 3-month-old son has started sleeping through the night, with a vengeance. He sleeps for hours. And when he finally wakes up and I expect him to be starving, he's often still ready to happily play ...
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Kids Website, is it a good idea?

My daughter is just 4 months old. Being a software developer, I register two domains on her name, as soon as her name is finalized. Now I was looking for some really eye catching kid website ...
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Why do my children cry in my wife's arms but are quiet with me?

It's strange that my child often wakes up at night and starts crying uncontrollably and just won't calm down and go to sleep unless I take him in my arms (1.5 years of age). My second son who is just ...
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Why are there so many snaps on infant clothes?

Sometimes it seems like infant clothes are custom designed to be difficult to put on a wiggling baby. I find the multitude of snaps to be particularly difficult to navigate, especially when you miss a ...
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When should an infant stop sucking on her hands?

My little girl about 3 months old and she already mouths quite frequently on her hands. Should we try to discourage this behavior now (by pulling her hand away when we find her doing it), or wait ...
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Can you effectively influence the behavior of a 6 month old?

I've just started feeding my daughter solids, and I would like to teach her to not blow raspberries while there is food in her mouth (which is cute, but messy.) Is it possible to communicate to her ...
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Why would my 9 week old refuse to nurse from breast?

My 9 week old has recently started to refuse to nurse from the breast. She will only eat from the bottle (pumped breastmilk). She has successfully breastfed since birth, she also uses the bottle ...
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At what age is it safe to have toys in a baby's crib?

I've heard many times that you shouldn't put toys (or pillows or blankets) in a baby's crib while they sleeps, to reduce the risk of accidental suffocation. But I don't remember ever hearing when it ...
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Are glass baby food jars safe to reuse?

I've been feeding my daughter store-bought baby food in glass jars, but I plan on starting to make her food myself. Is it safe to wash and re-use the jars I already have?
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What are some good strategies for preventing Diaper Rash?

Rather than make a question I thought a wiki would be better for this. (Hope I can convert it later). My wife and I are more apt to try and prevent things from happening to the kids, and diaper rash ...
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What are the pros and cons of feeding on demand?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of feeding an infant on demand? Roughly when should feeding on demand stop and a proper schedule start?
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Can “Baby wearing” lead to physical issues for the baby?

We love to carry our baby using different baby wearing products...baby carrier (baby bjorn, ergo baby, etc.), the sling (with adjustable rings), etc. Depending on the age, they will generally be worn ...
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How can I encourage language development in my infant?

My 4 month old is the most verbal baby I've ever seen. He has something to say in every situation. My husband and I tell him what things are, "That's a truck. It moves along the road.". My son clearly ...
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When flying with an infant, what airport security restrictions for breast milk/formula/baby food apply?

We're planning on taking a short (1-2 hour) air trip in a couple of months. Our son will be 11 months old by then. Given the delays with getting through security, the amount of time in advance we'll ...
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How thoroughly should a newborn girls private areas be cleaned?

After pooping there are rarely any poop globules located between labia, but it does happen. Moreover, the "liquid" poop also has a chance of getting there, I guess. How firmly should I clean those ...
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How can I encourage my baby's first words while keeping up a bilingual distinction?

My wife and I speak to our daughter (13 months old) in Hebrew and in English, respectively; we're careful that each of us speak to her consistently in our own language all the time. She's on the ...
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Should I be concerned with a infant (preemie) that doesn't want to be held?

My son is 30.5 weeks old, 14.5 weeks adjusted (he was a 24-weeker) and has started to get real fussy until we set him down in his swing or crib. It's not happening all the time, but it is increasing ...
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Do we need an electronic breast pump?

Since we plan that my wife is going to be a full-time/stay at home mom, do you think she will need an electronic breast pump? We are first time parents. We do not sure if we need the electric one or ...